US 20040000081 A1
The present invention relates to a presentation display case for storing, displaying or preserving paper currency or valued memorabilia. The present invention is formed as a transparent, durable display case for sealing and preserving paper currency and memorabilia e.g. items that will be of monetary value when redeemed which can be displayed in trophy fashion in a casing that can stand on its base without the need for a stand.
1. A paper currency and memorabilia presentation and display case, comprising:
a housing substantively transparent and formed of two portions adapted to be joined together, each portion having a side surface facing the side surface of said other portion, each of said facing side surfaces having a recess therein adapted to receive a half one of either a paper currency or a memorabilia therein so that when said side faces of said two portions are abutting each other said paper currency or said memorabilia is entirely housed within said housing for display through the surfaces.
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 1. Field of the Invention
 The present invention relates to a presentation display case for storing, displaying or preserving paper currency or valued memorabilia. In particular the present invention provides for a transparent, durable display case for sealing and preserving paper currency and memorabilia e.g. items that will be of monetary value when redeemed which can be displayed in trophy fashion in a casing that can stand on its base without the need for a stand.
 2. The Related Prior Art
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,477,631 relates to an expandable display device and sports card holder which permits the user to remove cards from the casing whenever he or she chooses. It does not disclose sealing a unique paper currency or memorabilia in a case until the seal is broken for removal of the sealed contents.
 U.S. Pat. No. 3,155,236 relates to a coin holder and exhibitor. It does not disclose a casing for housing paper currency.
 Accordingly it would be desirable to provide a case for housing a paper currency or a memorabilia item therein for display, which can be scaled until the seal is broken and the memorabilia or paper currency item is removed.
 The present invention provides a case for displaying memorabilia or paper currency. The case is at least substantially transparent and is formed of two portions that are joined together to preferably form a rectangular housing. Each portion has a side surface with a slit extending horizontally through each of the portions of the case so that a paper currency item or a memorabilia can be placed through the slit and into each portion of the case. Thus when the two portions are pushed together the side surfaces abut each portion and the paper currency or memorabilia item is displayed in its entirety within the case. The adhesive seal can then be wrapped around the periphery of the part of the case where two portions meet to seal the case.
 Other objects of the present invention will become readily apparent from the forgoing description and accompanying drawings.
FIG. 1 is a front perspective view of the present invention in its sealed state;
FIG. 2 is a front perspective view of the present invention in its unsealed state;
FIG. 3 is a rear view of the present invention showing the housing being sealed;
FIG. 4 is a sectional view along tines 4-4 of FIG. 3; and
FIG. 5 is a sectional view of FIG. 3 along lines 5-5.
 Referring now to the drawings of FIGS. 1-5, FIG. 1 shows the present invention in its sealed state. The invention is a display case having a housing 1 formed of two portions 5 and 10 that are preferably substantially equal in size (see FIG. 2). The housing 1 is preferably rectanguarly shaped as shown in FIGS. 1 and 2 with a base 7 on which the housing can stand. FIG. 2 shows the housing in its unsealed state. Each portion of the housing 1 has a side surface 3 containing a recess or slit 4 through which a portion of a paper currency item or a memorabilia item 6 (shown in dashed lines in FIG. 2) can be inserted as shown in FIG. 2
 An adhesive strip 8 with a removable paper backing 9 which when removed exposes the adhesive surface can then be wrapped around the housing at the location where the two portions of the housing abut when the paper currency or memorabilia item is fully inserted inside the recesses of both portions and the portions are pushed toward each other as shown in FIGS. 2 and 3.
FIG. 4 is a sectional view of FIG. 3 showing the housing 1 in its sealed state from a side view where the paper currency 6 can be seen contained sealingly within the housing 1.
 Similarly, FIG. 5 is a bottom sectional view of FIG. 3 showing the paper currency or memorabilia 6 in the sealed housing land showing that the adhesive strip or label 8 sealing the housing 1 extends along the front and rear of the housing 1.
 The housing 1 is at least substantially transparent so that the paper currency or memorabilia item 6 can be viewed within the display case.
 The adhesive strip or label 8 preferably contains at least one and possibly more distinct messages 15 on it. Two illustrative distinct messages on the adhesive strip are: 1. “WHENEVER YOU GO BROKE BREAK ME” 15 (front side of housing) and 2. “BETTER ME BROKE THAN YOU” (rear side of the housing).
 The two portions 5, 10 forming the housing 1 each have a hollowed out slot or opening 4 at an end surface 4 that extends inside each of the portions 5, 10 horizontally so that when the two portions 5, 10 are joined together they form a slotted transparent rectangular frame with an inner compartment where the paper currency item or memorabilia item 8 will be housed and displayed. There are no other openings in the housing 1. The display case when sealed with the adhesive label or strip 8 stands on its base 7 without the need for support by an additional base. This display case of the present invention can be manufactured in a variation of sizes to accommodate all types of sized currency and valued memorabilia, such as certificates and awards. The housing can be decorated with graphic designs and text as is appropriate such as “THEPOOR MAN'$ BANK” 19 as shown in FIG. 1.
 A person would load the paper currency or memorabilia item as follows:
 1. Place the two clear housing portions 5, 10 front side up as shown in FIG. 1 this would be with the wording “THE POOR” on the left side and the portion with the wording “MAN'$ BANK” on the right side so that the two side surfaces 3 with the recess openings 4 facing each other.
 2. Slide one half of the paper currency or memorabilia 6 one wishes to load into one of the two portions' recesses 4.
 3. Slide the other portion of the housing onto the exposed portion of the paper currency or memorabilia 6 so that the exposed portion enters into the recess 4 of this other portion of the housing 1.
 4. Slide the two portions 5, 10 of the housing 1 together so that they abut against each other flush. Ensure that the printed borders 17 (which can be preferably printed green) on the front surface of the housing 1 as shown in FIG. 1 are lined up before sealing the housing.
 5. Tear off the paper backing 9 of the adhesive strip or label preferably displaying the two distinct messages While holding the label at both ends, with the adhesive side facing down ward center the first message e.g. “WHENEVER YOU GO BROKEBREAK ME” in the middle of the housing and align the illustrated dollar signs on the label along the line or juncture line 12 (see FIGS. 3 and 5) where the two portions of the housing meet.
 6. Once the message, the borderlines 17 on the housing 1 and the dollar signs on the label are lined up correctly, lower the label down onto the front sign of the housing 1. Rub the adhesive label 8 lightly to seal it in place.
 7. Turn the housing 1 over continue to seal the adhesive label 8 to the bottom, top and rear surfaces of the housing. The second illustrated message on the adhesive label “BETTER ME BROKE THAN YOU” will automatically line up on the reverse side once the label is completely sealed around the housing 1.
 8. Tap the sides of the housing 1 lightly to center the document, e.g. paper currency or memorabilia item 6 once it has been sealed inside the housing 1.
 While presently preferred embodiments have been described for purposes of the disclosure, it is understood that numerous changes in the arrangement of apparatus parts can be made by those skilled in the art. Such changes are encompassed within the spirit of the invention as defined by the appended claims.